Recall Roundup: Four Recalls from FCA, and One from Ford

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Ford's sole recall of the week covers a small number of vehicles - 8,000 or so - spread across multiple makes and models. The issue lies with the parking brake; namely, it might not fully engage, which could lead to a vehicle moving when it isn't supposed to. Not only is that, you know, a bad thing, it's also in violation of a federal guideline.

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Recall Roundup: Acura A/C, Subaru ECUs, Ferrari Airbags, and Honda Seatbelts

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Acura is recalling 106,439 examples of the 2014-2015 MDX crossover over concerns with a bolt in the air-conditioning system. Evidently, a drive bolt in the A/C compressor clutch might corrode and break due to a lack of standard anti-corrosion coating. When that happens, the A/C might stop working, which isn't ideal if the heat index is in the triple digits.

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The Return of Unintended Acceleration? One Lexus Owner Seems to Think So

And NHTSA is moving towards a full investigation once again.

Oh, unintended acceleration - before the GM ignition-switch debacle that set off an ever-increasing cascade of proactive vehicle recalls, you were the problem du jour. Many Toyota owners jumped at the idea that their vehicles might be accelerating without driver input, even if many cases were chalked up to improper floor-mat mounting and user error. It's been a long time since we've heard your name, but in the near future, you might get yet another 15 minutes of fame.

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Elio Motors Raises $25 Million via "Non-Binding" Crowdfunding

Startup hopes to meet 2016 production goal for its three-wheeled cars.

Three-wheeled enclosed motorcycle/car-maker Paul Elio has reached an impressive milestone. Through equity crowdfunding site StartEngine, Elio has reached its fundraising target of $25 million, thanks to nearly 7,000 investors throwing an average of just under $4,000 each into the crowdfunding pot.

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Recall Roundup: Recalls from Hyundai, FCA, and Toyota, and Three From GM

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

General Motors has also issued a recall for 45,785 examples of the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Spark and the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic due to concerns with the infotainment system. The radio display has a chance to go completely blank in the middle of using OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Directions mode; when the display goes blank, it also cuts all audio-related functions, including warning chimes. The radio may also refuse to shut off, even with the key removed, which might drain the car's battery.

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Recall Roundup: Two from Land Rover and One from Ford

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Land Rover has recalled 65,352 examples of the 2013-2016 Range Rover and the 2014-2016 Range Rover Sport over an issue with door latches. The problem lies in the keyless entry software; a glitch might cause the doors to unlatch when closed. Thankfully, a quick software reflash will get rid of the problem.

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